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Brenda Gael Smith

Flying Colours: Ringneck textile painting Brenda Gael Smith

About my artwork

I create textile paintings and sketches made from a rich palette of my hand-dyed fabrics complemented by extensive, textural stitching. Much of my work is inspired by the colour and patterns of the natural world. Using a process of abstraction, I capture the essence of my subjects in simplified form. Working improvisationally, I refine line, shape, colour and texture to evoke a sense of place, express an idea, highlight an issue or elicit an emotional response.

Daily walks are a creative habit integral to my studio practice whether I am home or travelling. By closely observing my surroundings, and taking hundreds of photos, I have a bountiful inspiration bank that informs my work. I also embrace the serendipity factor. From the dye pot, to the design wall, to the sewing machine, I am always open to the possibility of a glorious accident.

On Exhibition

Vision 2020 on tour to:

  • 9 November 2020 – 15 January 2021: Gosford Hospital Exhibition Space (Level 4 Building J Main Corridor)
  • late January-19 March 2021: Coalface Gallery, Moranbah, Queensland
  • 3 – 29 May 2020: The Q Exhibition Space, Queanbeyan, NSW
  • 11 June – 4 July 2021: Gallery M, Adelaide, South Australia


Allagai #2 - Suspended